Beehive press release- Community support vital to success of Whare Oranga Ake
The ceremonial start to construction of a new rehabilitation unit at Hawkes Bay Prison marks a philosphical shift in corrections policy and practice, according to Associate Corrections Minister Dr Pita Sharples. Unlike most prisons, which are built to keep people apart, Dr Sharples said the new Whare Oranga Ake is based on Maori philosophies, and marks a new beginning. “In Maori tradition, building a house is about building family and community.” he said. “Constructing this building must also begin a process of rebuilding a sense of community. That is what Whare Oranga Ake is all about.” Prisoners would … have to show courage, to break out of entrenched attitudes and patterns of behaviour that lead so many prisoners to reoffend.
Separate jails for Maori?? No end to the lunacy.